B0006. (EFREM ZIMBALIST) Roy Malan. Efrem Zimbalist, A Life. Milwaukee, WI, Amadeus, 2004. 372pp. Index; Bibliography; Discography; Numerous Photos; DJ. - 9781574670912
"This authorized biography by one of Efrem Zimbalist’s students is very enjoyable reading….Roy Malan brings his teacher to life, giving many examples of his wry sense of humor, showing the development of his political views as a participant in the student strike in Russia in 1905 to his latter-day political and fiscal conservatism, his easy-going yet taciturn nature, and, most important, his noble, subdued musicianship. While Zimbalist has been seen as a rather distant third in the trinity of Leopold Auer’s first three and greatest students (with Mischa Elman and Jascha Heifetz) he was the most musical of the three and was free of their distracting mannerisms."
- Joseph Magil, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2005
"Violinist and educator Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985) led a legendary life in music in an age of violin legends. Of the dazzling stars to emerge from the Russian School at the beginning of the 20th century, Zimbalist earned a special place. David Oistrakh compared him to Heifetz: "While Heifetz conquered by sheer brilliance, Zimbalist captivated people by appealing to profound mysteries of heart and soul." Zimbalist was also one of the century's great teachers, for 40 years devoting himself to the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, serving as its director from 1941 to 1968. His was a remarkable journey, fortunately recounted in hundreds of hours of taped interviews with author and Curtis Institute student Roy Malan, longtime concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Malan then waited nearly a decade after Zimbalist's death before seeking publication, so that the story could be told in its entirety. This definitive biography of the world's first globe-trotting virtuoso also includes a discography and a list of Zimbalist's students."